Understanding Your Best Friend with Phil the Dog Listener

If you want to gain a much better understanding of your dog and its challenging behaviors, then this session led by Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener, is for you and your family! Learn the simple, dog-friendly changes in how to interact with your dog to transform its behavior in a kind and lasting way. In doing so, you will have a calmer, happier dog and a more enjoyable relationship with it. Bring your questions, (but unfortunately not your dog) for an informative, fun session!

Topics covered will include:

  • How canines see the human world.
  • How canines communicate including the importance of eye contact and movement.
  • The underlying reasons for your dog’s behaviors like nervousness, toileting indoors, incessant barking, aggression, jumping on people, pestering for attention, destructive chewing, separation anxiety, pulling on the leash, etc.

About Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener

Phil’s path to becoming a Dog Listener started when his family rescued a special dog named Abby from Labs4Rescue. At the time, he had no idea about the journey he would be privileged to take with Abby. Abby’s behavioral challenges were the motivation for Phil to learn a lot more about dogs and find a way to help Abby overcome her fears. In the process, Phil discovered Jan Fennell, The Dog Listener who had developed a revolutionary method for training dogs based on their instincts. In April 2009, Phil attended Jan Fennell’s Foundation and Advanced Canine Communications courses, thereby becoming a Certified Dog Listener. Through in-home consultations, volunteer work with Labs4Rescue and other rescue organizations, and public talks, Phil has been honored to help over 1000 dog owners and their dogs.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive
Register Now!

This program is part of the 2018 Farmington Libraries Summer Reading Program, which this year celebrates the book No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub.

No Better Friend tells the story of Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in WWII and were POWs in a camp in the Pacific. Judy was loyal, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair’s relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would interrupt by barking. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own. Judy was WWII’s only canine POW, and when she passed away in 1950, she was buried in her Air Force jacket. Williams would never own another dog. Their story–of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstance–is one of the great undiscovered sagas of WWII.

Young Readers Edition (Grades 6 – 9)
Standard Edition (Grade 10 – Adults)

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